What If You’ve Picked A Dog You Just Don’t Get Along With?

by - January 07, 2019

You've worked hard at setting them up for a happy life, and you have given them all the care and attention that they need, but it's not working. There's no way around it, if you've picked up a dog that, for some reason, isn't a good fit, and you don't get along with them, you can feel like you’ve failed. But, this isn't true. And at this point, we have to make sure we do what is best for the dog. What do we do?
Is It All In Your Mind?
Sometimes we can fixate on the fact that there's something not quite right. But if you’ve got evidence to the contrary, especially if the dog has been aggressive, then it's abundantly clear something needs to be done. But if you haven't given it a chance, and allow the dog to make themselves feel more at home, it's worth hanging on, because one day, it will all click into place.
Working With The Shelter
When a dog has been aggressive, it can be a demoralizing phone call to the shelter. You could get into a conflict with them, perhaps because they didn't give you enough information about the dog in terms of it being aggressive. And while you can get legal help from a dog bite, if you are aggressively pursuing legal action against the shelter, this won't solve any problems for the dog. When you're working with the shelter, come to some form of agreement where you're both doing the best for the dog. Maybe the dog doesn't suit your home life, or this is the first time the dog has ever been aggressive. Either way, you've got to exhaust all possible options. This could be training classes for the dog or finding a more suitable home.
Preparing For Next Time
We can learn from our mistakes in this respect. It might have been due to the fact that you didn't research enough beforehand. Perhaps the dog was too active for your lifestyle, or maybe you were ill-equipped to deal with a puppy purely because you didn't have much time. But, use these mistakes as a lesson well learned. You need to find a dog that's a good fit for you. A puppy is cute, but don't ever underestimate the work that needs to go into raising one. So on the other hand, you may want to go for an older dog, one that's already house broken. This can mean a lot less in terms of stress, as you have a good idea of their temperament.

Sometimes dogs and pets, in general, aren't a good fit for a specific household. Don't think that you will never have a dog that suits your lifestyle, but if you've had a bad experience with a dog, and for whatever reason, it wasn't a good fit, at least you know next time what you need to do. A dog can give you so much care and attention, but the wrong dog in the wrong household could cause more than its fair share of stress.

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